Music Ambassadors: Macon
Music Ambassadors is a new program to bring nationally renowned musicians to play in unique, intimate settings in Macon, Georgia and acquaint them with the city’s legendary music history and all that that city currently offers artists.
MAM’s mission is to make national musicians ambassadors of the city in order to build on its legacy of groundbreaking creativity. Secondary goals of the program are to showcase downtown Macon and the College Hill Corridor—for everyone in the region—as the safe, inviting, affordable, creative and livable spaces that they are, and to raise money for Historic Macon, the Macon Arts Alliance and Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Music Ambassadors: Macon rolls out the red carpet to show artists all that Macon has to offer performing artists. Musicians are invited to play a house concert in a historic home in the College Hill Corridor, play a lunchtime show in Mercer Village and are treated to private tours of the city, VIP accommodations and promotion in multiple outlets in the region.
With a music history virtually unrivaled by any other city, affordable living, historic homes to rival Savannah and Charleston, over 30,000 college students, and Southern charm with an international bent, Macon is an ideal place for artists to play, record, vacation or live.
Macon, likened to Renaissance Florence in a 2007 Washington Post article*, has been home to the architects of rock ‘n’ roll, soul, funk, and Southern rock. This small city has redefined music multiple times. Artists that have called Macon home include: Little Richard, Otis Redding, Allman Brothers, James Brown, Lucinda Williams, Blind Willie McTell, Rev. Pearly Brown, 1/2 of R.E.M., Lena Horne, Mark Heard, Chuck Leavell, Jason Aldean and Cale Parks (drummer for Yeasayer and Aloha). Jimi Hendrix learned to play guitar in Macon. Young Jeezy was discovered in Macon. Macon is home to the internationally acclaimed McDuffie Center for Strings, indie-music blog TheBlueIndian.com, pop culture site Starcasm.net, and one of the founders of Paste Magazine (Tim Regan-Porter, creator of Music Ambassadors).
Music Ambassadors is part of the Knight Neighborhood Challenge, a project of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Community Foundation of Central Georgia.